SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

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SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

August 2, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E
microATX Tower Case
Street Price

While the microATX form factor has been around for more than 20 years, it hasn't received much love from chassis manufacturers. The most innovative and feature-rich aftermarket cases use the ATX standard even though there is little need for multiple expansion cards — sound, ethernet, video, RAID, etc. are so commonly integrated on the motheroard these days. The ATX case form factor is larger than necessary for the majority of modern users, but the selection of high quality, well-designed microATX cases remains small.

The box.

The SilverStone Fortress FT03 was easily the most interesting microATX chassis we've seen, a lean, tall tower of aluminum featuring the rotated motherboard design made famous by the Raven series and the Fortress FT02. SilverStone's follow up mATX case is a member of the Temjin family, a line consisting mainly of classic tower designs, but the TJ08-E packs a few surprises; the "E" stands for "evolution" after all.

The Temjin TJ08-E.

The Temjin TJ08-E is a steel case about 15 inches tall/deep with an aluminum face-plate, and a large air vent at the front along with audio and USB 3.0 ports. Aside from the oddly placed external 3.5" bay at the bottom, the outside the TJ08-E looks like a fairly typical microATX tower from SilverStone.

The rear of the case features ventilated expansion slot covers and a beveled honeycomb grill for an optional 120 mm fan.

No, you haven't entered the twilight zone. Rather than a rotated motherboard orientation like that of the FT03, the TJ08-E's motherboard tray is flipped completely upside down with the CPU socket situated just above the case floor and the power supply in the familiar upper rear corner position. The motherboard tray is removable as are the air filters, hard drive cage, and top cover. There's also an enormous 18 cm fan. Not your typical microATX case.


The TJ08-E ships with a paper manual, screws, zip ties, a case sticker, an internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, and a large rubber pad with adhesive which is used to insulate the hard drive cage from potential contact with a long graphics card.

Specifications: SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-TJ08-E(black)
Material Aluminum front panel, steel body
Motherboard Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 2
3.5" x 1 (compatible with one 3.5” hard drive)
Internal 3.5" x 4 , 2.5” x1
Cooling System Front 1 x 180mm AP181 intake fan, 700/1200rpm,
18/34dBA (backwards compatible with 140mm fan)
Rear 1 x 120mm fan slot (option)
Expansion Slot 4
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply 1 x optional standard PS2 (ATX) up to 160mm
Expansion Card Compatible up to 13.25” long*
Limitation of CPU cooler 165mm
Limitation of PSU 160mm (recommended), 180mm (maximum)
Net Weight 5.3 kg
Dimension 210mm(W) x 374mm(H) x 385mm(D)
Remark *1. The maximum recommended combined depth for PSU and optical drive is 382mm plus 20mm room for connectors. We recommend the largest PSU to be no greater than 160mm deep (e.g. ST1000-P)
*2. Please install into expansion slots 3 and 4 for graphics card with extension bracket and length of 13.3”

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